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How much money should it cost for a Tune-Up on my V6 Suzuki XL7 Vehicle? You Know, new spark plugs and stuff. The worst part is there are only a few repair shops in my town and they are very shady. The next closest ones are one hour away and still as Shady.

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA I would call around and get quotes from your area. If there are shady mechanics around try looking for a dealership. If they are far away they may offer you a loaner vehicle for the night.

Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Hi Lesli, Without knowing the year and mileage one can only guess at the cost. I would estimate anywhere from $300.00 to $600.00 The cost of a tune-up on your Suzuki, depends on a couple of things. What mileage is it at? Does it use platinum spark plugs or regular? (Platinum plugs only need to be changed every 60,000 miles verses 30,000 - but are more expensive.) Does it have a 5 speed or an automatic transmission? (It might need the drive train fluids changed, or an automatic transmission flush). Does it have a fuel filter? Here are some suggestions that will help you choose a good, reputable repair shop. * Ask around for referrals. Has anyone you know had a good or a bad experience with a particular dealer or repair shop? Word of mouth is the BEST way to find a good shop! * Try to find a shop that has a lot of repeat customers. Customers are more likely to stay with a repair shop that they trust and one that does a good job for them. * Is the shop clean, neat, and well organized? Is the staff considerate and helpful? * Does the shop have Master Mechanics with ASE Certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. This nonprofit organization offers exams that set a national standard of technician competence. * Make sure they guarantee all their work at least a 6 month / 6000 mile warranty. * Check to see if they are an AAA approved facility. AAA has very stringent requirements including surveys to insure that the customers of the facility are satisfied with the level of service they are receiving. Today

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Lesli, Tune-ups these days are usually recommended for vehicles with 100,000 miles (unless you are having certain problems with the vehicle). Check your owners manual to make sure it is time for a tune-up. Parts and labor are different on all vehicles, so you should contact a few different shops to give you comparative quotes. I do not recommend going to any place that you don

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